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Breathing Space Day 1st Feb 2013

When we consider our health and wellbeing we tend to focus on physical aspects, rather than on our emotions. Breathing Space Day takes place on 1st February each year to encourage Scots to take some ‘time out’ from the stresses of life and look after their mental wellbeing. That could mean going for a walk, catching up with friends, or simply reading a book. Tony McLaren, Breathing Space National Coordinator, commented: "It can be challenging trying to prioritise your own mental health. We all...

When we consider our health and wellbeing we tend to focus on physical aspects, rather than on our emotions.
Breathing Space Day takes place on 1st February each year to encourage Scots to take some ‘time out’ from the stresses of life and look after their mental wellbeing. That could mean going for a walk, catching up with friends, or simply reading a book.
Tony McLaren, Breathing Space National Coordinator, commented: "It can be challenging trying to prioritise your own mental health. We all...

Firm favourites for good mental health

Breathing Space are promoting good mental health and wellbeing to youngsters attending the Celtic Learning Centre and Rangers Study Support Centre. Both Old Firm clubs have state-of-the-art learning facilities developed in conjunction with Glasgow City Council to assist children across the West of Scotland and which promote the benefits of education, healthy living and social inclusion. Tony McLaren, Breathing Space National Coordinator said: "Providing materials about mental health and wellbe...

Breathing Space are promoting good mental health and wellbeing to youngsters attending the Celtic Learning Centre and Rangers Study Support Centre.
Both Old Firm clubs have state-of-the-art learning facilities developed in conjunction with Glasgow City Council to assist children across the West of Scotland and which promote the benefits of education, healthy living and social inclusion.
Tony McLaren, Breathing Space National Coordinator said: "Providing materials about mental health and wellbe...

Carers Rights Day

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland, part of Carers Trust, will participate in this year’s Carers Rights Day, the annual event organised by Carers UK, with its Network of Carers’ Centres offering advice, information and support to those who care for a loved one. This year’s theme is ‘Getting help in tough times’ and will focus on helping carers to find financial help, get a helping hand, and make the most of technology. To find the Carers’ Centre closest to you, call the Glasgow Off...

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland, part of Carers Trust, will participate in this year’s Carers Rights Day, the annual event organised by Carers UK, with its Network of Carers’ Centres offering advice, information and support to those who care for a loved one.
This year’s theme is ‘Getting help in tough times’ and will focus on helping carers to find financial help, get a helping hand, and make the most of technology. To find the Carers’ Centre closest to you, call the Glasgow Off...

Veterans First Point

Veterans First Point (V1P) opened in April 2009 and was established to assist ex-service personnel with welfare and mental health concerns. Its aim is to provide a one-stop shop for veterans and their families living in Lothian. V1P hosted a conference on the 20th November to discuss the current needs of the veteran community, how these needs are being met and to reflect on the work of V1P over the last three years. A number of guest speakers presented on a variety of topics around working wit...

Veterans First Point (V1P) opened in April 2009 and was established to assist ex-service personnel with welfare and mental health concerns. Its aim is to provide a one-stop shop for veterans and their families living in Lothian.
V1P hosted a conference on the 20th November to discuss the current needs of the veteran community, how these needs are being met and to reflect on the work of V1P over the last three years.
A number of guest speakers presented on a variety of topics around working wit...

Anti-Bullying Week 2012

Bullying behaviour is a social problem most commonly associated with schools and workplaces but can take place in any environment where people live, work and play together. Bullying can be displayed by or targeted towards individuals or groups and is a significant concern for many children and young people as well as adults. Anti-Bullying Week is an annual event organised by respectme, Scotland's Anti-Bullying Service. This year the theme is ‘We’re better without bullying’ and takes place from...

Bullying behaviour is a social problem most commonly associated with schools and workplaces but can take place in any environment where people live, work and play together.
Bullying can be displayed by or targeted towards individuals or groups and is a significant concern for many children and young people as well as adults.
Anti-Bullying Week is an annual event organised by respectme, Scotland's Anti-Bullying Service. This year the theme is ‘We’re better without bullying’ and takes place from...

Remember Movember

It’s that time of year again when men across the country sprout a moustache throughout November to raise awareness around men’s health issues, particularly prostate and testicular cancer. Breathing Space showed their support at the Movember 5K at Glasgow Green, proudly sporting their moustaches and raising awareness about Breathing Space amongst the ‘MoBros’ and ‘MoSistas’ who participated. To learn more visit the Movember website.    

It’s that time of year again when men across the country sprout a moustache throughout November to raise awareness around men’s health issues, particularly prostate and testicular cancer.
Breathing Space showed their support at the Movember 5K at Glasgow Green, proudly sporting their moustaches and raising awareness about Breathing Space amongst the ‘MoBros’ and ‘MoSistas’ who participated.
To learn more visit the Movember website.
 
 

National Stress Awareness Day

National Stress Awareness Day takes place this week (7th November), raising awareness about the importance of effectively managing stress and realising when things get too much.Whether it is stress at work or stress at home, finding a way to relax which works for you is important for your mental health and wellbeing. For more information and advice on dealing with stress, visit the Steps for Stress website.NHS Living LifeNHS Living Life is a telephone service based on a Cognitive Behavioural The...

National Stress Awareness Day takes place this week (7th November), raising awareness about the importance of effectively managing stress and realising when things get too much.Whether it is stress at work or stress at home, finding a way to relax which works for you is important for your mental health and wellbeing. For more information and advice on dealing with stress, visit the Steps for Stress website.NHS Living LifeNHS Living Life is a telephone service based on a Cognitive Behavioural The...

50:50 challenge

Huntington’s Disease is a devastating neurological condition which affects around 6,000 people in Scotland. Over the course of 15 to 25 years – from the first appearance of symptoms – people with the condition lose the ability to walk, talk, eat and care for themselves. Their ability to think, make decisions and exercise judgement can be affected and they can also suffer emotional and mental health problems. The 50:50 Challenge aims to raise awareness of Huntington’s Disease, highlight the 50%...

Huntington’s Disease is a devastating neurological condition which affects around 6,000 people in Scotland.
Over the course of 15 to 25 years – from the first appearance of symptoms – people with the condition lose the ability to walk, talk, eat and care for themselves. Their ability to think, make decisions and exercise judgement can be affected and they can also suffer emotional and mental health problems.
The 50:50 Challenge aims to raise awareness of Huntington’s Disease, highlight the 50%...

5-a-side tournament

Ravenscraig Sports Complex was the venue for a 5-a-side football tournament which kicked off Suicide Prevention Week (SPW) last month. Breathing Space displayed information and provided materials at the event, which was organised through Choose Life. In 2002, the Scottish Executive launched Choose Life, a ten year national strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland. Events such as the five-a-side tournament have grown in popularity with 19 teams taking part this year to raise awar...

Ravenscraig Sports Complex was the venue for a 5-a-side football tournament which kicked off Suicide Prevention Week (SPW) last month.
Breathing Space displayed information and provided materials at the event, which was organised through Choose Life.
In 2002, the Scottish Executive launched Choose Life, a ten year national strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland. Events such as the five-a-side tournament have grown in popularity with 19 teams taking part this year to raise awar...

Tony McLaren, Breathing Space National Coordinator is pictured on the left, with representatives from NHS Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire Council and Choose Life.

The countdown is on...

Each year 1st February marks Breathing Space Day; where Scots are encouraged to take some time out to look after their mental wellbeing. Last year’s campaign, ‘Well Wednesday’, was supported by a range of people including Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson MSP, BBC presenter Kaye Adams and players from Motherwell Football Club. A memorable part of the day was when listeners to Kaye Adams’ radio talk show phoned in to describe how they took their Breathing Space – whether it was going ...

Each year 1st February marks Breathing Space Day; where Scots are encouraged to take some time out to look after their mental wellbeing.
Last year’s campaign, ‘Well Wednesday’, was supported by a range of people including Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson MSP, BBC presenter Kaye Adams and players from Motherwell Football Club.
A memorable part of the day was when listeners to Kaye Adams’ radio talk show phoned in to describe how they took their Breathing Space – whether it was going ...

Scottish Mental Health Week

1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem at some time in their lives. Three quarters of us know someone with a mental health problem. Scottish Mental Health Week takes place each year to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues. ‘See me’ is Scotland’s national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill health. According to ‘see me’ statistics, 81% of people with lived experience of mental ill-health have experienced stigma, yet nearly 90% of the public thi...

1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem at some time in their lives. Three quarters of us know someone with a mental health problem.
Scottish Mental Health Week takes place each year to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues.
‘See me’ is Scotland’s national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill health. According to ‘see me’ statistics, 81% of people with lived experience of mental ill-health have experienced stigma, yet nearly 90% of the public thi...

Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival 2012

The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival will take place from 1-24 October 2012. The theme this year is ‘walk in my shoes’ and the Festival has extended its eclectic and thought-provoking programme of theatre, film, music, workshops and exhibitions to include video-gaming, a community opera and a bipolar circus. Musicians Duglas T Stewart (BMX Bandits) and Malcolm Middleton (ex-Arab Strap) were involved in creating this year’s programme, along with writers Alan Bisset, Christopher Bro...

The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival will take place from 1-24 October 2012.
The theme this year is ‘walk in my shoes’ and the Festival has extended its eclectic and thought-provoking programme of theatre, film, music, workshops and exhibitions to include video-gaming, a community opera and a bipolar circus.
Musicians Duglas T Stewart (BMX Bandits) and Malcolm Middleton (ex-Arab Strap) were involved in creating this year’s programme, along with writers Alan Bisset, Christopher Bro...

Rural Health Week

Communities in rural areas often face a range of complex challenges, not least poor geography hindering access to health services. Tony McLaren, Breathing Space and NHS Living Life National Coordinator commented: "Living in a remote location can make travelling to and from face-to-face appointments difficult. It’s important that everyone has equal access to the services they need. In terms of mental health support, telephone services such as NHS Living Life can help to bridge this gap for some ...

Communities in rural areas often face a range of complex challenges, not least poor geography hindering access to health services.
Tony McLaren, Breathing Space and NHS Living Life National Coordinator commented: "Living in a remote location can make travelling to and from face-to-face appointments difficult. It’s important that everyone has equal access to the services they need. In terms of mental health support, telephone services such as NHS Living Life can help to bridge this gap for some ...

World Alzheimer's Day (21st September)

World Alzheimer’s day takes place on 21st September and is an opportunity to raise awareness about this progressive condition. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, which is a group of symptoms associated with a decline in mental abilities such as memory and reasoning. Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s leading specialist dementia charity and works to improve the lives of everyone affected by dementia. According to Alzheimer Scotland approximately 84,000 people have dementia i...

World Alzheimer’s day takes place on 21st September and is an opportunity to raise awareness about this progressive condition.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, which is a group of symptoms associated with a decline in mental abilities such as memory and reasoning.
Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s leading specialist dementia charity and works to improve the lives of everyone affected by dementia. According to Alzheimer Scotland approximately 84,000 people have dementia i...

Suicide Prevention Week 2012

Choose Life, Scotland ’s suicide prevention initiative, is launching a national poster and media campaign on World Suicide Prevention Day (Monday 10 September). Called ‘Read between the lines’, it encourages people to be alert to changes in others that may mean they are thinking about suicide and talk to them about how they feel as a first step to getting help. It will signpost to Breathing Space and Samaritans helplines for advice for the helper or the person at risk of suicide. Family and fr...

Choose Life, Scotland ’s suicide prevention initiative, is launching a national poster and media campaign on World Suicide Prevention Day (Monday 10 September).
Called ‘Read between the lines’, it encourages people to be alert to changes in others that may mean they are thinking about suicide and talk to them about how they feel as a first step to getting help. It will signpost to Breathing Space and Samaritans helplines for advice for the helper or the person at risk of suicide.
Family and fr...

Feeling low, anxious or stressed?

NHS Living Life Living Life is a free appointment-based phone service for anyone aged 16 and over experiencing low mood, mild/moderate depression and/or anxiety. Living Life is based on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach and offers two types of telephone support: 1. Guided Self-helpSelf help Coaches guide individuals through self-help workbooks, to help them understand some of the reasons why they are feeling low or anxious. 2. Cognitive Behavioural TherapyTherapists support indi...

NHS Living Life
Living Life is a free appointment-based phone service for anyone aged 16 and over experiencing low mood, mild/moderate depression and/or anxiety.
Living Life is based on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach and offers two types of telephone support:
1. Guided Self-helpSelf help Coaches guide individuals through self-help workbooks, to help them understand some of the reasons why they are feeling low or anxious.
2. Cognitive Behavioural TherapyTherapists support indi...

We value your feedback

Here at Breathing Space we welcome your feedback as this helps us improve the service we provide. Should you have any reason to complain or compliment the service you receive over the phone then you can contact: info@breathingspacescotland.co.uk. This email address is intended for providing feedback on the service and for ordering promotional materials; we will endeavour to respond within 4 working days. If you are having emotional difficulties please speak to someone in confidence by calling...

Here at Breathing Space we welcome your feedback as this helps us improve the service we provide.
Should you have any reason to complain or compliment the service you receive over the phone then you can contact: info@breathingspacescotland.co.uk.
This email address is intended for providing feedback on the service and for ordering promotional materials; we will endeavour to respond within 4 working days.
If you are having emotional difficulties please speak to someone in confidence by calling...

Stressing less and enjoying life more

Sometimes, there are no clear causes of stress. Some people naturally feel more frustrated, anxious or depressed than others, which can cause them to feel stressed more often. Common causes of stress include: money problems job worries relationships death of a loved one family problems exams. The good news is there are steps you can take to deal with stress. For a simple guide to stressing less and enjoying life more, visit the Steps for Stress website. You can also order your free r...

Sometimes, there are no clear causes of stress. Some people naturally feel more frustrated, anxious or depressed than others, which can cause them to feel stressed more often.
Common causes of stress include:

money problems
job worries
relationships
death of a loved one
family problems
exams.

The good news is there are steps you can take to deal with stress. For a simple guide to stressing less and enjoying life more, visit the Steps for Stress website. You can also order your free r...

Common Wheel

Common Wheel is a charity which provides meaningful activity for people with mental illness, through working with bicycles and music. Polyphony is a branch of Common Wheel which offers people with mental health problems from all over Glasgow access to musical activities. Breathing Space attended Common Wheel’s ‘Tea in the Garden’ event which took place at the end of June at Gartnavel Royal. The event offered entertainment and enjoyment through music to participants in Common Wheel services, NH...

Common Wheel is a charity which provides meaningful activity for people with mental illness, through working with bicycles and music.
Polyphony is a branch of Common Wheel which offers people with mental health problems from all over Glasgow access to musical activities.
Breathing Space attended Common Wheel’s ‘Tea in the Garden’ event which took place at the end of June at Gartnavel Royal. The event offered entertainment and enjoyment through music to participants in Common Wheel services, NH...

Promoting good mental wellbeing

Thirty former pupils from Holyrood Secondary School played a match last month in memory of their friend and former Scottish footballer Paul McGrillen, who died by suicide three years ago. Breathing Space, Scotland’s national helpline for low mood and depression provided T-shirts and water bottles for the match. Tony McLaren, Breathing Space National Coordinator said: "This was a poignant match for Paul’s friends and family so we appreciate the opportunity to raise awareness of Breathing Space. ...

Thirty former pupils from Holyrood Secondary School played a match last month in memory of their friend and former Scottish footballer Paul McGrillen, who died by suicide three years ago.
Breathing Space, Scotland’s national helpline for low mood and depression provided T-shirts and water bottles for the match. Tony McLaren, Breathing Space National Coordinator said: "This was a poignant match for Paul’s friends and family so we appreciate the opportunity to raise awareness of Breathing Space. ...

Engaging with communities

NHS 24’s Health Information Service is taking part in a major community roadshow that is touring Scotland between May and July this year. The roadshow is being run in partnership with LBV Television and showcases a 60-second commercial via a sixteen-screen high-definition plasma video wall, highlighting how people in Scotland can access quality assured health information at NHS 24, NHS inform and Care Information Scotland through a range of channels such as telephone, web, social media and digi...

NHS 24’s Health Information Service is taking part in a major community roadshow that is touring Scotland between May and July this year.
The roadshow is being run in partnership with LBV Television and showcases a 60-second commercial via a sixteen-screen high-definition plasma video wall, highlighting how people in Scotland can access quality assured health information at NHS 24, NHS inform and Care Information Scotland through a range of channels such as telephone, web, social media and digi...

Action on Dementia

With Dementia Awareness Week in June and Alzheimer’s Awareness Week in July, organisations such as Alzheimer Scotland are raising awareness this summer of the problems associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. According to Alzheimer Scotland, approximately 84,000 people have dementia in Scotland in 2012. Around 3,000 of these people are under the age of 65. Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) that is associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. Th...

With Dementia Awareness Week in June and Alzheimer’s Awareness Week in July, organisations such as Alzheimer Scotland are raising awareness this summer of the problems associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
According to Alzheimer Scotland, approximately 84,000 people have dementia in Scotland in 2012. Around 3,000 of these people are under the age of 65.
Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) that is associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. Th...

Deafblind Awareness

Breathing Space recently supported the DeafBlind Scotland Canal Race held at the end of April which aimed to raise awareness of both the needs and potential of deafblind people. Sense is a national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind. Sense marked Deafblind Awareness Week last month (17th-23rd June) with events and activities held nationwide carrying the theme 'belonging and participating'. For more information visit the Sense website. Deafblindness i...

Breathing Space recently supported the DeafBlind Scotland Canal Race held at the end of April which aimed to raise awareness of both the needs and potential of deafblind people.
Sense is a national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind.
Sense marked Deafblind Awareness Week last month (17th-23rd June) with events and activities held nationwide carrying the theme 'belonging and participating'. For more information visit the Sense website.
Deafblindness i...

MHFS 10K for Men

National men’s health week (12-18th June) is celebrated every year in the week leading up to Father’s Day. Bellahouston Park was the venue for the Father’s Day Men’s Health Forum Scotland 10K for Men, an event which aims to raise the profile of men’s health. More than 3,000 runners were there on the day, including those representing ‘Team Breathing Space’.  

National men’s health week (12-18th June) is celebrated every year in the week leading up to Father’s Day.
Bellahouston Park was the venue for the Father’s Day Men’s Health Forum Scotland 10K for Men, an event which aims to raise the profile of men’s health. More than 3,000 runners were there on the day, including those representing ‘Team Breathing Space’.
 

Big Fit Walk

Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH) is a membership organisation which has a mission to assist people to recover and to promote mental wellbeing. Service users, carers and staff were encouraged to join the ‘Big Fit Walk’ on 15th June to experience the benefits of becoming more active in their community at the same time as learning about healthier lifestyles. Everybody who participated was offered the chance to get prepared for the big day by taking part in short walks ev...

Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH) is a membership organisation which has a mission to assist people to recover and to promote mental wellbeing.
Service users, carers and staff were encouraged to join the ‘Big Fit Walk’ on 15th June to experience the benefits of becoming more active in their community at the same time as learning about healthier lifestyles.
Everybody who participated was offered the chance to get prepared for the big day by taking part in short walks ev...

Huntington's Disease Awareness Week

This week (11-17th June) is Huntington’s Disease Awareness Week. Huntington's disease (HD) is a hereditary illness which means it is passed through families. It is a neurological condition and is part of a group of diseases which affect the brain and central nervous system. The Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) is a small Scottish Charity that was established by families living with HD in the late 1980s. Breathing Space and SHA work in partnership to provide an out of hours telephone sup...

This week (11-17th June) is Huntington’s Disease Awareness Week.
Huntington's disease (HD) is a hereditary illness which means it is passed through families. It is a neurological condition and is part of a group of diseases which affect the brain and central nervous system.
The Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) is a small Scottish Charity that was established by families living with HD in the late 1980s. Breathing Space and SHA work in partnership to provide an out of hours telephone sup...

Faith Communities Pledge to Tackle Stigma

Last month, eleven Lanarkshire faith communities became the first in the country to unite together and publicly pledge their commitment to work with ‘See me’, Scotland’s national campaign to tackle the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health. Representatives from eleven faith communities publicly signed the pledge and agreed action plans to join with ‘See me’ to tackle the stigma and discrimination around mental health problems by taking action as community stakeholders. Other mental we...

Last month, eleven Lanarkshire faith communities became the first in the country to unite together and publicly pledge their commitment to work with ‘See me’, Scotland’s national campaign to tackle the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health.
Representatives from eleven faith communities publicly signed the pledge and agreed action plans to join with ‘See me’ to tackle the stigma and discrimination around mental health problems by taking action as community stakeholders.
Other mental we...

Women's 10K 2012

The Ignis Asset Management Women’s 10K took place on 13th May, attracting over 8,000 runners. As Scotland’s largest all-women 10K road race, this was a great opportunity for Breathing Space to raise awareness amongst participants and spectators alike. Hope to see you again next year!  

The Ignis Asset Management Women’s 10K took place on 13th May, attracting over 8,000 runners.
As Scotland’s largest all-women 10K road race, this was a great opportunity for Breathing Space to raise awareness amongst participants and spectators alike.
Hope to see you again next year!
 

Richard Leckerman handing out materials at the stand.

Exam Season

Exam season is well underway with students in schools, colleges and universities busy preparing for what can be a stressful and anxious period. "This time of year can be challenging not only for students who are studying for their exams but also for families and others trying to offer support." said Tony McLaren, Breathing Space National Coordinator. "Stress can help us cope in difficult situations and in small amounts can be a good motivator but problems arise when pressures build up and star...

Exam season is well underway with students in schools, colleges and universities busy preparing for what can be a stressful and anxious period.
"This time of year can be challenging not only for students who are studying for their exams but also for families and others trying to offer support." said Tony McLaren, Breathing Space National Coordinator.
"Stress can help us cope in difficult situations and in small amounts can be a good motivator but problems arise when pressures build up and star...

Deaf Awareness Week

This week is Deaf awareness week, which aims to raise awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding hearing loss and deafness. According to the Scottish Council on Deafness (ScoD), there are an estimated 1,012,000 people in Scotland with some degree of hearing loss (of whom approximately 546,000 are over the age of 60). The Breathing Space BSL webcam service offers online advice, information and support for Deaf people in Scotland. Trained advisers use BSL to discuss any concerns that ...

This week is Deaf awareness week, which aims to raise awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding hearing loss and deafness.
According to the Scottish Council on Deafness (ScoD), there are an estimated 1,012,000 people in Scotland with some degree of hearing loss (of whom approximately 546,000 are over the age of 60).
The Breathing Space BSL webcam service offers online advice, information and support for Deaf people in Scotland. Trained advisers use BSL to discuss any concerns that ...

The MacMillan Breathing Space partnership

If you're affected by cancer you want to know there's always someone you can turn to for help. Someone who can answer your questions, whatever they may be. We provide a telephone counselling service that offers a listening ear, as well as advice and information to anyone affected by cancer. We are a confidential point of contact for anyone who is struggling to cope emotionally with cancer or needs to talk about how they are feeling. Doctors, social care workers and NHS 24 will be able to refer ...

If you're affected by cancer you want to know there's always someone you can turn to for help. Someone who can answer your questions, whatever they may be. We provide a telephone counselling service that offers a listening ear, as well as advice and information to anyone affected by cancer.
We are a confidential point of contact for anyone who is struggling to cope emotionally with cancer or needs to talk about how they are feeling. Doctors, social care workers and NHS 24 will be able to refer ...

Understanding depression

Most people normally feel able to cope with the problems they face. Anyone can feel depressed or stressed if their emotional balance is upset; an estimated 1 in 5 of the population of Scotland experience depression at some point in their lives. Depression awareness week, taking place this month in England and in June in Scotland, highlights the importance of understanding depression and how the way we think about a situation or problem can affect the way we feel physically and emotionally. Ton...

Most people normally feel able to cope with the problems they face. Anyone can feel depressed or stressed if their emotional balance is upset; an estimated 1 in 5 of the population of Scotland experience depression at some point in their lives.
Depression awareness week, taking place this month in England and in June in Scotland, highlights the importance of understanding depression and how the way we think about a situation or problem can affect the way we feel physically and emotionally.
Ton...

World Health Day

World Health Day took place on Saturday and each year marks the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. This year the theme was 'Ageing and health' which reflects that within the next five years, for the first time, the number of adults aged 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of 5. Although for most people in the UK this means looking forward to more years of good health, 75% of people aged 65 and over report living with a major illness. This can be both stressful and upsett...

World Health Day took place on Saturday and each year marks the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948.
This year the theme was 'Ageing and health' which reflects that within the next five years, for the first time, the number of adults aged 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of 5.
Although for most people in the UK this means looking forward to more years of good health, 75% of people aged 65 and over report living with a major illness. This can be both stressful and upsett...

Scottish Recovery Network

Two exciting new posts have been created at the Scottish Recovery Network to help deliver their 2012-16 Strategic Plan: Network Manager (Policy & Development)Communications Officer These vacancies represent a unique opportunity to become involved in Scotland’s leading mental health recovery organisation.  

Two exciting new posts have been created at the Scottish Recovery Network to help deliver their 2012-16 Strategic Plan:
Network Manager (Policy & Development)Communications Officer
These vacancies represent a unique opportunity to become involved in Scotland’s leading mental health recovery organisation.
 

Clocks go forward

For many an increase in daylight hours can help to brighten people's mood but for those experiencing depression, the change in seasons can actually heighten feelings of hopelessness. Tony McLaren, Breathing Space/ NHS Living Life National Coordinator explained: "Many people have the preconception that the brighter days will automatically lead to increased feelings of happiness and wellbeing but in fact for people who are already feeling down it can have the opposite effect. The onset of spring ...

For many an increase in daylight hours can help to brighten people's mood but for those experiencing depression, the change in seasons can actually heighten feelings of hopelessness.
Tony McLaren, Breathing Space/ NHS Living Life National Coordinator explained: "Many people have the preconception that the brighter days will automatically lead to increased feelings of happiness and wellbeing but in fact for people who are already feeling down it can have the opposite effect. The onset of spring ...

Richard on the road

Many different activities have been taking place over the winter months to raise awareness about Breathing Space and encourage people to open up when they are feeling down. You may have seen our bus and rail posters, heard the Ad, been given a flyer or even spotted our AdVan on Breathing Space Day. Rail and bus posters Flyers handed out to the public and to football fans Richard Leckerman, National Development Officer for Breathing Space/ NHS Living Life said: "I spend a lot of time visitin...

Many different activities have been taking place over the winter months to raise awareness about Breathing Space and encourage people to open up when they are feeling down.
You may have seen our bus and rail posters, heard the Ad, been given a flyer or even spotted our AdVan on Breathing Space Day. Rail and bus posters

Flyers handed out to the public and to football fans
Richard Leckerman, National Development Officer for Breathing Space/ NHS Living Life said: "I spend a lot of time visitin...

Look out for Richard on his travels this week as he visits the support group Cope and Glasgow Action Group.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

A new zone dedicated to information on Mental Health and Wellbeing for the people of Scotland was launched at the start of the year on the national health information website NHS inform. The zone, which is accessed through the NHS inform website, is divided into four sections - Mental Health Conditions, Accessing Help, Mental Wellbeing and Worried about Someone. NHS 24 worked closely with several organisations including Breathing Space, the Scottish Association of Mental Health, Action on Depr...

A new zone dedicated to information on Mental Health and Wellbeing for the people of Scotland was launched at the start of the year on the national health information website NHS inform.
The zone, which is accessed through the NHS inform website, is divided into four sections - Mental Health Conditions, Accessing Help, Mental Wellbeing and Worried about Someone.
NHS 24 worked closely with several organisations including Breathing Space, the Scottish Association of Mental Health, Action on Depr...

Breathing Space on Digital TV

January saw the launch of Breathing Space and Living Life on NHS Scotland's digital TV service. The channel was launched by NHS 24 last summer to allow access to web-based health information services through the TV. Tony McLaren, Breathing Space/ Living Life National Coordinator explained "Many people do not have the internet at home so to be able to use digital TV to access information about mental health services now is great news. Hopefully it will encourage more people to open up when they...

January saw the launch of Breathing Space and Living Life on NHS Scotland's digital TV service.
The channel was launched by NHS 24 last summer to allow access to web-based health information services through the TV.
Tony McLaren, Breathing Space/ Living Life National Coordinator explained "Many people do not have the internet at home so to be able to use digital TV to access information about mental health services now is great news. Hopefully it will encourage more people to open up when they...

Women's 10K

The Ignis Asset Management Women’s 10k launched last month and is Scotland’s only all-female road race. The race takes place on Sunday 13th May, with a range of new enhancements introduced for this year's race. Organisers Glasgow Life will be hoping for another good turn out, with over 12,000 women participating in the event last year. Breathing Space are supporting the Women's 10K for the second consecutive year, with 'Team Breathing Space' participating in the event. Entries can be made thr...

The Ignis Asset Management Women’s 10k launched last month and is Scotland’s only all-female road race.
The race takes place on Sunday 13th May, with a range of new enhancements introduced for this year's race. Organisers Glasgow Life will be hoping for another good turn out, with over 12,000 women participating in the event last year.
Breathing Space are supporting the Women's 10K for the second consecutive year, with 'Team Breathing Space' participating in the event.
Entries can be made thr...

Richard Leckerman handing out materials at the stand.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating. In the UK around 1 in 250 women and 1 in 2,000 men will experience anorexia nervosa at some point. Bulimia is around five times more common than anorexia nervosa and 90% of people with bulimia are female. Due to the d...

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating.
In the UK around 1 in 250 women and 1 in 2,000 men will experience anorexia nervosa at some point. Bulimia is around five times more common than anorexia nervosa and 90% of people with bulimia are female. Due to the d...

Looking back at Breathing Space Day 2012

'Breathing Space Day', the annual awareness raising event of Breathing Space, took place on Wednesday 1st February. This year the event carried the theme 'Well Wednesday', where Scots were urged to set aside their worries and take some time out to look after their mental wellbeing. The campaign was supported by a range of people including Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson MSP, BBC presenter Kaye Adams and Motherwell FC Manager Stuart McCall. Breathing Space Day was promoted with a t...

'Breathing Space Day', the annual awareness raising event of Breathing Space, took place on Wednesday 1st February.
This year the event carried the theme 'Well Wednesday', where Scots were urged to set aside their worries and take some time out to look after their mental wellbeing.
The campaign was supported by a range of people including Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson MSP, BBC presenter Kaye Adams and Motherwell FC Manager Stuart McCall.
Breathing Space Day was promoted with a t...

World Cancer Day

Organised by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), World Cancer Day takes place on 4th February each year. This year the theme was 'together it is possible' a reference to the need to work together to reduce premature deaths from cancer and other non communicable diseases by 25% by 2025. Campaigns organised by UICC and partner organisations took place all over the world to raise awareness of cancer and the burden of preventable disease. In the UK more than one in three people will...

Organised by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), World Cancer Day takes place on 4th February each year.
This year the theme was 'together it is possible' a reference to the need to work together to reduce premature deaths from cancer and other non communicable diseases by 25% by 2025.
Campaigns organised by UICC and partner organisations took place all over the world to raise awareness of cancer and the burden of preventable disease. In the UK more than one in three people will...

Off the ball?

With the World Cup in full swing, men throughout the country will bond in a spirit of camaraderie, love and friendship. Uniting in the emotion of the beautiful game men will laugh, cry, hug and show their emotions. However, off the football pitch, macho stereotypes of male behaviour and the stigma of mental illness stops men from revealing their true thoughts and feelings. To mark the start of Men’s Health Week, (12th to 18th June) which will focus on men’s and well-being, the Scottish Executi...

With the World Cup in full swing, men throughout the country will bond in a spirit of camaraderie, love and friendship.
Uniting in the emotion of the beautiful game men will laugh, cry, hug and show their emotions. However, off the football pitch, macho stereotypes of male behaviour and the stigma of mental illness stops men from revealing their true thoughts and feelings.
To mark the start of Men’s Health Week, (12th to 18th June) which will focus on men’s and well-being, the Scottish Executi...